People may remember Johnny Throckmorton as the former vocalist for Richmond, Virginia-based bands ALABAMA THUNDERPUSSY and IMMORTAL AVENGER. He was ATP‘s original singer and appeared on their first four albums, including the now-classic “Staring At The Divine” (Relapse), before departing the act in 2003. Throckmorton later joined IMMORTAL AVENGER and appeared on their 2006 EP, “Sound The Alarm”, which received a great deal of critical acclaim, despite the band not having label support.
DARKITECT, also from Richmond, has announced via its Facebook page that they’ve hired Johnny to handle vocal duties, and finalized their lineup with the addition of bassist Jonathan Barrett. The band, which is rounded out by drummer Mike Dishman and former IMMORTAL AVENGER axemen Wes Derrickson and Tommy Gunn, has already begun recording its debut full-length album for a tentative late 2012 release.
Commented DARKITECT: “Johnny has an unmatched work ethic when it comes to writing great lyrics, being at every rehearsal and writing session, and putting in the extra time doing pre-production work. Top that off with his incredible charisma on stage, and his wide range of vocal capabilities, and the decision to bring him in was easy. His voice goes from soft, to heavy, to angry, to brutal, and he never misses a step. Then there is J.B. , who brings with him a great attitude, and a very fundamental style of bass playing that gives our music a thick foundation and a nice, firm backbone. We needed more of a David Ellefson type than a Cliff Burton type, which he handles perfectly. Plus, we’ve known J.B. for years, so he’s just the right man for the job. We’re all really stoked to have both these guys on board, and part of DARKITECT.”